Ms Libby Paul


Life before Girton
I went straight into an Arts/Law degree at Monash University after school. I loved it and the five years passed in no time. I then went to work in London at Clifford Chance, one of the largest law firms in the world. Alas, after a while there I caught the travel bug and spent a year travelling the world. I returned to work in Melbourne as a Judge’s Associate in the Court of Appeal. It was a fascinating job but the travel bug bit again and after more time overseas, I returned to teach in Melbourne at Carey Grammar.

What I Love about Teaching:
It is creative, fun and intellectually rigorous. No two days are the same. I enjoy making young people feel better about themselves. And I also like having a laugh. Making a difference is easier in Education than in Law!

What is the best thing about teaching at Girton?
The community. It is easy to build positive and constructive connections.

My favourite classroom activity
Legal Studies and Politics are subjects that easily lend themselves to vigorous classroom discussions. It is rewarding to see students’ confidence grow so that they are comfortable expressing strong opinions and driving debates in the classroom. Witnessing students build high levels of agency is very satisfying.

What difference can good teaching make?
Good teaching can boost the confidence of students. If they feel heard and understood, it empowers them to learn. Good teaching inspires the next generation to be curious, take calculated risks and think independently.

Other Hats
I taught French in the Junior School for a couple of years. It is a beautiful language and opens up new horizons for students. I was also MiC of rowing in 2017 and 2018, and I enjoy attending the Sandhurst swimming and tennis days.

Outside of School, I love travelling, camping, swimming, playing tennis and spending time at the beach or in the bush with my three children.